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july. shows him being put into the choke hold that contributed to his death. choke holds are a violation of nypd policy. garner's last words, i can't breathe have become the rallying cry of protesters. the grand jury has been hearing arguments since august. >> i would like to hope that in the coming weeks or the coming days whatever it be that the grand jury gives us a fair decision. >> we'll have a live report from staten island where that grand jury is meeting. we'll go there in just minutes. meanwhile in ferguson, missouri, today, police are considering charges against the stepfather of michael brown.
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that was brown's stepfather, louis head hours after the grand jury decision. he's now one of a number of people under investigation for inciting a riot. today, head issued an apology saying in part, quote, i was so angry and full of raw emotions as so many others were, and granted, i screamed out words i should not have screamed in the heat of the moment. the officer who shot brown remains under protection after s resignation. off-duty officers are volunteering to guard him without pay. to ohio where a funeral was held this morning for a 12-year-old boy shot and killed by police. mourners gathered in cleveland's mt. sinai's baptist church to say good-bye. among the speakers was the sixth grader's teacher. >> tamir enjoyed life. it just exuded from his very being.
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>> tamir rice shot more than a week ago by an officer who thought he was carrying a real gun. turns out, it was a pellet gun. let's get back to the breaking news we told you about at the top of the hour. an appeals court has halted tonight's planned execution of a texas inmate. lawyers for scott panetti had asked for the stay on the grounds of his 30-year fight with mental illness. arguing that executing a man with schizophrenia amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. but texas officials has claimed those lawyers exaggerated his illness. this had gone to the supreme court at one point over the last few years. i'm joined by ari melber. first of all, what do we know about the appeals court? the last-minute stay that was issued a few hours ago? >> yeah, brand new within the hour. it is basically a two-line ruling from the fifth circuit to federal appeals court that oversees texas saying, stop, you cannot execute him as planned and not giving any reasons beyond that other than they want
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to address and have more time to look at these complex legal issues that relate to his sanity. >> what's different about this case versus other cases involving mental illness in the state of texas? because had he been executed tonight, he would not have been the first, or even the first 12 people executed in texas who had some sort of mental illness. >> clearly not, craig. the first thing is his name, he's on the supreme court case from 2007. that actually established this standard that basically how insane, how mentally incompetent do you have to be? the supreme court says if you do not understand why you're being executed, you don't get the punishment, you are so far gone you don't even really understand what is about to happen to you that under the law, you cannot be executed, even though there's wide berth to do executions in this nation. that was the case in 2007. it has been appealed and gone up and down the system. and here you have it going back again in the fifth circuit, which has heard it before. that's different. the fact he's incompetent according to some medical examiners is not different about
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half of the people on death row are incompetent, more or less. >> here's a guy, though, who apparently dressed up as a cowboy during the proceedings, called 200 witnesses, among them, jesus. >> yep. >> i don't understand how there was any question that he was, i guess, sane. >> well, yes. and here's a guy who long before these crimes in question was diagnosed with schizophrenia. it's not a situation where you say you're putting on a show to get off, there's a lot of evidence here that this guy had a lot of serious mental illness problems. what we have in this nation now is not a capital punishment system that is just taking out the most hardened criminals and the most obvious cases. but going well over the line, as you talk about young people, sometimes under 18, sometimes in this case mentally incompetent where you say, is this really -- and this is the question before the fifth circuit as they look at a further hearing. is this really where we want to be doing executions? >> thank you so much as always. you can catch ari and the rest
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of "the cycle" crew. let's drill down today's top story. the imminent grand jury decision in the case of eric garner. garner was stopped by police in july, suspected of selling loose cigarettes. in the struggle that followed, the officer put his arm around garner's neck and the nypd has admitted that choke hold, the one you saw there was a violation of their policies. now they are preparing for the grand jury decision to come down. worried it could inflame protests already happening in new york and all over this country linked to another case. that of michael brown and darren wilson. msnbc is live for us in staten island. we know at this point the grand jury reconvened this morning. at this point, any word about when we might expect to hear some sort of decision from the grand jury? >> good to be here with you, craig. we're getting word that it could happen as early as 2:00. but the county prosecutor has been very tight-lipped. the office hasn't given us as
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much information at all. it could happen tomorrow or the following day. we're not sure if the grand jury will have a decision or when it'll be, but it's imminent. >> meanwhile, the grand jury is apparently only hearing evidence and testimony as it relates to officer panteleo. what's he been saying? >> what's the question? >> what defense have they offered so far? >> i don't have much insight into the defense. i haven't talked personally to his defense attorney. the police department said was a choke hold. it's been a banned maneuver since 1993. as of right now, hinges on that. i've talked to a number of people linking this not just to the case in staten island, but the broad string of cases across
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the country. one gentleman said he was a friend of eric garner's and spoke with him two weeks ago. and he was confused about why a man selling cigarettes would be stopped at all and it would escalate to this point. he said there are many people shooting, murdering committing acts of violence across the city. his concern was, if there's not justice in a case that is so clear in the video that began with someone, you know, supposedly selling cigarettes in the street, then what can black people in particular seek justice for? >> msnbc's tremaine lee where a decision could come down in the next few hours. thanks as always, sir. comedian bill cosby facing a new civil lawsuit today filed by a woman who claims cosby molested her some 40 years ago when she was 15 years old back in 1974. she claims the assault itself happened inside the playboy mansion. at this point, no response yet from cosby's attorneys. nbc national correspondent kate snow continues to follow this story. what more do we know at this point about what this particular
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woman is alleging? >> well, if you read the court documents, you see her story. she's 55 years old now. she says when she was 15 years old, she was walking near pasadena, california, with a friend who was 16, and she says they were -- they saw a film set, filming going on and went over and bill cosby came up to them, put them on the set, put them in a director's chair, invited them about a week later to go to his tennis club and then took them to the playboy mansion where she alleges that he then molested her. >> any of the other similar allegations here involving alcohol or drugs? >> alcohol, yes. no mention of drugs in the court documents. but they do mention that she claims that bill cosby was giving them many, many drinks and also told them that if anyone asks, they should say they were over 19. >> this, of course, not the first time there has been a civil lawsuit filed against cosby related to a claim of sexual assault. what happened the last time? >> last time, it was in 2005. it was an employee of temple
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university where bill cosby has long ties and, in fact, just two days ago stepped off the board of trustees. that woman claims sexual assault. we don't know all the details of what happened in the settlement because neither side is talking about the settlement, but it was settled in 2006 out of court. there were a number of jane does named in that case. we've heard from many of them now of the more than 20 accusers who have done public. many of them were jane does in that civil lawsuit. and by the way, this afternoon, we're expecting to hear from another jane doe and two new accusers, gloria allred, the attorney in california who is famous for defending women who make these kind of charges. she's organized a press conference. >> well, we should know, again, bill cosby has not been accused criminally. >> he's never been charged with any crime, and his attorney has again and again tried to discredit these allegations and said they are unsubstantiated. >> nbc national correspondent
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kate snow, always a pleasure. thank you for being here. up next, for nearly four decades, it has been against the law to treat pregnant women unequally in the workplace in this country. but a new case before the high court asks a very simple question, how much are businesses required to do? pete williams is standing by for us live at the supreme court right after this. turn the trips you have to take, into one you'll never forget. earn points for every flight and every hotel. expedia plus rewards. this is the equivalent of the and this is one soda a day over an average adult lifetime. but there's a better choice.
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we're for net neutrality protection. now, here's some news you may find even more surprising. we're comcast. the only isp legally bound by full net neutrality rules. the supreme court heard oral arguments earlier today on a case that could affect millions of working women in this country. u.p.s. is being sued after a former employee who delivered packages got pregnant. her doctor ordered her to avoid lifting heavy pages, so she requested light duty. but u.p.s. denied her temporary assignment.
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>> they basically told me, go home, we don't have anything you can do until you're no longer pregnant because you're a liability. >> peggy young there. she had to take an unpaid leave of absence. and she lost her medical benefits. two lower courts ruled against her claims. so is this a place of -- is this a case of workplace discrimination? here to explain more, pete williams. her lawyers claiming u.p.s., claiming u.p.s. violated the pregnancy discrimination act as i understand it. what exactly is that. >> now, it's obvious when it comes to promotions or pay raises or something like that, you can't deny those based on pregnancy. here the question is, what if a person becomes pregnant and is unable to do some parts of the job? now, what u.p.s. basically said is if you're pregnant, we treat it the same way if you got injured off the job.
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you fell down the stairs and broke your ankle. her doctor said she shouldn't lift anything more than 20 pounds. u.p.s. said we can't accommodate that. we treat you the same way we treat someone with an off-the job injury. her lawyer told the supreme court today it's more complicated than that, that u.p.s. did make accommodations for people who have temporary medical conditions or certain kinds of injuries that were accommodated. so what they're basically saying is, if a company makes any accommodations like that for people who aren't pregnant, it has to make the same kind of accommodations for pregnant workers. what i think the problem for the supreme court today is, all right, how big a class does it have to be that gets those extra accommodations before denying them to pregnant women becomes illegal? that's where i think the line drawing comes in. >> do we know whether u.p.s. treated miss young differently than the u.s. postal service would've? >> well, no, not differently than -- and two things about that. one is u.p.s. has since changed its policy.
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it says it would have treated her entirely differently. the original policy was based on the postal service policy if peggy young had been working for the postal service, one assumes the same thing would've happened to her. >> pete williams for us at the supreme court this afternoon. pete, thanks as always, sir. >> you bet. a developing story that we're also following right now this afternoon. two men have been charged with raping a 16-year-old girl at a john hopkins fraternity house last month. the two men are not connected with university according to the university. the alleged incident happened back on november 2nd. sigma alpha fraternity where the accident occurred is under suspension, we're told. all of this follows a string of reported campus sex assaults, most notably being the alleged gang rape at the university of virginia. coming up next, a top nfl executive got emotional while testifying before congress. now, the story is trending nationally. what brought him to tears? we'll take a look at that also.
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also for the thrilling conclusion of our time lapse, come back here tomorrow, same time, same channel. first, though, a quick look at other stories today spiking on social media right now. nfl executive troy vincent got emotional yesterday when he was testifying before a house committee. looking into domestic violence and professional sports. >> when i consider these issues, i bring a perspective far beyond an nfl executive. domestic violence was a way of life in my home growing up. my brother and i watched helplessly, numerous times, as my mother was beat and knocked unconscious as we dialed 911. i relate to the 20 million victims. survivors of domestic violence, abuse in every community across our great nation. >> troy vincent, detailing for the panel the steps the league is taking to curtail domestic violence.
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people are listening to that powerful testimony. some 18,000 mentions on twitter alone in just the past 24 hours. also this afternoon, we are getting a behind-the-scenes look at president obama's brand new 3d printed bus. there it is. right there. take a look in this video provided by the white house. you can see the complexity of the operation. it all took place last june using 50 l.e.d. lights, six wide angle cameras, all set up in the east room. the shoot itself lasted about a second. the president was illuminated by ten different lighting conditions. it's being called a highest res digital model ever made of a head of state. and we had to do it. time for another edition of everybody's favorite slow jam fallon style starring brian williams. >> congressional republicans are still weighing their response considering everything from a possible government shutdown to
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underway after an american kindergarten teacher and the mother of twins were stabbed to death in a mall there. police released footage on social media today. it shows the suspect. you can see the suspect right there arriving to the mall and then running away after the murder. cassandra joins us from london now. she's a senior writer with she's been following a story for us today. cassandra, at this point, what if anything do we know about the murder and motive so far? >> we know that the murder took place monday afternoon at a mall in abu dhabi, an area popular. at some point, police say a fight broke out between the attacker and kindergarten teacher. the attacker used some sort of a sharp tool, possibly a knife, to stab the teacher and then fled the scene. a the this point, we have no idea what the motive is or what caused the fight. and police are working to establish those facts. unfortunately, the victim, she's a 37-year-old american teacher
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was rushed to the hospital. but she succumbed to her wounds. >> i would imagine that the fact the suspect is covered from head to toe complicates the manhunt a bit. no? >> exactly. i mean, tricky is an understatement here. it's difficult because the rogue sce robe seen in the security footage, is typically worn by a woman. they don't know if the suspect is a man or woman. the suspect was totally, totally covered, so it's complicating the investigation. >> police have no leads at this point. no leads at all? >> none that they're sharing with us at the moment. so the police in abu dhabi have said they're not clear on the motive or the suspect's gender or identity. the u.s. embassy in abu dhabi says they're working with authorities, but they have no information about the nature of the attack. >> the woman was the mother of twin boys, 11 years old, i understand, where are those boys now? >> we've been told that the boys
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are in the care of abu dhabi authorities. the cops are looking after them until their father, who is the ex-husband of the victim can arrive. he's traveling in from abroad. so they're in the custody of the police until then. >> cassandra, thank you. back here, any minute now, grand jury in new york could release its decision in the death of eric garner. garner died in july after a police officer held him around the neck. you can see it right there. he was trying to arrest him. it's another case of a young black man, or in this case, an older black man killed by police, decided by a grand jury, this, of course, echoes the police shooting of michael brown in ferguson and a third case in cleveland. there, yet another grand jury will soon review evidence in the death of tamir rice. rice is the 12-year-old boy shot and killed by a policeman back on november 22nd. his funeral services are just wrapping up right now. in these racially charged cases,
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are grand juries the best route? some legal experts say yes. one arguing that grand juries, quote, could help end the worst racial injustice in america today. i'm joined now by criminal defense attorney. in addition to being a criminal defense attorney, also known for his pro bono work for minorities and the underrepresented in this country. tom, i want to pull up something else in our screen, as well. this is an excerpt from the same article in the "daily beast." if grand juries across the united states regularly deliberated for 12 weeks rather than 12 minutes, it would become physically impossible to incarcerate 1 million african-americans. if every grand jury heard 70 hours of testimony from 60 witnesses over three months, it would mean the end of mass incarceration in america. do you agree with that assessment? >> i do not. first of all, grand jury proceedings are secret proceedings. the public does not have a right to view them. the media does not have a right to view them.
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there is no judge in the grand jury room to control the proceeding. there's no defense attorney to cross-examine. prosecutors are the script writers, producers, directors and choreographers of everything that happens in a grand jury room. and the emotions of a courtroom can be just as important as what said or not said. none of the emotions are ever recorded, they can't be. what happens in grand jury rooms is secret. if a prosecutor wants to get an indictment, they can. and if they don't want to get an indictment, they can. i think there should be public preliminary hearings, hearings that the public can watch, that are in front of judges to control the courtroom and there should be cross-examination. so i do not agree with this person that grand juries are the key to reduce mass incarceration of minorities. >> public hearings before a potential grand jury? >> yes. yes. yes, you know, i defended michael jackson in his criminal case. initially, the prosecutors filed a criminal complaint, which would've required a preliminary hearing, which is a public
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proceeding before a judge with cross-examination. they then decided they wanted to do it secretly so they changed course and they had a secret grand jury with no judge, no defense attorney and no public viewing to get a charge against michael jackson. i don't like grand juries, i think public preliminary hearings are far fairer, and i think you need cross-examination of witnesses, particularly a police officer like mr. wilson. you need somebody questioning him about the statements he made and why he did what he did. >> and police officer shootings like the ferguson case. the officers are rarely indicted, it seems, when grand juries are used. why is that? >> because people want to believe in the police department. they want to believe they're being protected. they're reluctant to second guess police officers, which is why you need cross-examination. wilson should have been cross-examined by somebody about every decision he made, when he made it, every statement he made, when he made it, who he talked to before he testified,
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who he went over his testimony with, a lot of things could have been done that were not. >> police shootings, as you know, incredibly racially charged with hard evidence to back up feelings of racial injustice. young black men in this country, 21 times more likely to be killed by police than young white men. white police officers responsible for 68% of black suspects who were killed. in these types of racially explosive cases, are prosecutors simply passing the buck by using grand juries? >> yes, they are. and i think in the case of wilson, you had a prosecutor with close ties to the police department. i don't think he wanted this man indicted. i think he pursued a secret grand jury proceeding where nobody could watch who he called as a witness, when he called them, or what questions he asked. and as i said before, the emotions and lack of cross-examination are things that make a grand jury
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proceeding very suspect. sometimes prosecutors will want to pass the buck to a grand jury and make sure they don't indict, and they can -- they can choreograph that by the way they conduct themselves in secret. >> criminal defense attorney tom thank you so much for your insight, sir. >> thanks for having me. >> coming up after the break, a dramatic 11th hour stay of execution in texas. his attorneys say he's mentally ill. what that could mean for the treatment of the mentally ill in prison, next.
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he was convicted for shooting and killing his wife's parents in their home in front of his estranged wife and daughter. he told police that his alter ego sarge was responsible for those killings. a judge allowed him to represent himself at trial where he wore cowboy costumes and subpoenaed jesus christ. keep in mind, he was hospitalized for mental illness more than a dozen times in 14 years before he killed his wife's parents. but texas officials didn't buy those claims of legal insanity. they believed he was exaggerating. and last week, a lower court ruled he was fit to be killed. monday, the texas board of pardons and paroles voted unanimously to reject clemency and pleas from lawyers that his execution be delayed for a new round of competency tests. his latest tests, 7 years ago. he'll now get a mental competency hearing. and this is sparking renewed debate about executing the mentally ill in this country.
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i'm joined now by a man with a unique perspective. francis greenberger, founder of the greenberger center for social and criminal justice whose son's case prompted him to become an advocate for prison reform. mr. greenberger, thank you so much for being here. tell us a little bit about your son and how his case inspired you to become -- to get out in front on this issue. >> sure. my son had his first mental health diagnosis when he was 4 years old. and the diagnosis has changed, but they continued for the rest of his childhood and into his adult life. and eventually, he committed an impulsive act which brought criminal justice involvement. and like many americans, i had had no exposure to the american justice system. so this was the first for me.
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and as i began to experience it, i felt something was very wrong with the approach. and i began to investigate and learn more and more about it. and slowly come -- came to realize that not only in my son's case, but in the case of millions of americans, our system was -- didn't really represent the american values i hold so dear. >> what did you find when you started looking in our system? >> well, one of the first things, and it's a well-known statistic, there are 50% of the people in jail are mentally ill. now, in the '50s, we had 550,000 mental health beds in america. the population has doubled since the '50s. simple math would say we should have 1.1 million. today we have 40,000 instead of 1.1 million. and guess what, we happen to have 1.1 million mentally ill americans in jail.
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we took them out of the mental health hospitals that were failing, and we put them into jail. >> partners went into one facility for mentally ill prisoners in california. i want to take a look at this and talk to you about it on the other side. >> sure. >> let's take a look. >> for me, it's depression and schizophrenia. i hear voices, and i get depressed because i can't handle it. >> i've been on heroin, coke, crank, it don't matter. i've been on it. >> david is a drug addict who has been in and out of prison for the last 25 years for nonviolent crimes. because he's classified as a mental health inmate, we can't show his face while he's in jail. we met him at the county jail.
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months earlier, he had been released from the notorious san quinton prison. >> how are these going? >> this county jail couldn't be more different. >> with this place here, you're getting treated from the time you get in until the time you're sentenced to wherever you're going. i'm really thankful because it gives me a chance to get my mind straight and get it back on track. >> there are no bars on the cells, and there are three so-called psychiatric living units that house inmates like david and offers them everything from therapy to meditation. >> this is our gymnasium. >> where the society has failed is that we should not be using the jail system as the -- as the go to institution to house
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people suffering with mental illness. >> the sheriff is trying to reduce the number of re-offenders in part by getting inmates enrolled in health care, which will continue when they rejoin the outside world. >> what we're doing here for the most part because in county jail, everybody eventually gets out is we're triageing. but triage really, really well. what we don't want to see happen is that triage or that continuity of treatment is interrupted once somebody leaves our care. >> yeah, that's the plan. >> david was released from jail the following day and agreed to talk to us. his probation officer is taking him to a 6-month rehab program. >> i feel real good about it because i've been wanting to get in the drug program to where i can get my needs met and find a way to counter the addiction
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i've had. i think this is going to help me. not jail. >> he's an offender that needs support, whether he's in the state prison system or he's in the community being supervised by our county probation department. otherwise, he's likely to re-offend and go back to past behavior that got him in and out of prison in the first place. >> all right. francis greenberger is back. we just watched that. is that the better way? >> that is -- that is one of the better ways, certainly an outstanding program. it's not representative of most of the prisons in america. but there are examples that are positive in certain prisons, for instance, colorado has a progressive program that has had
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a dramatic effect in recidivism. >> what are the hallmarks of that program? >> that program is what's called a therapeutic community. and it was started about 1995, and it's now been expanded to seven prisons. and essentially, it's a therapeutic environment, it's a separate building from the rest of the prisons. and there are therapeutic programs that go on there. and inmates are brought in there in the last year of their incarceration. a mixture, some have drug issues, some are mentally ill, some have other disorders. >> yeah. >> and the statistics show that if somebody goes through that program, and then reenters through a reentry program, a community-based therapeutic program, there's a 75% reduction recidivism. >> here's the thing, though, i think you probably know this to be true. there is, i think, among a lot of politicians in this country, there is a reluctance to
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advocate for anything other than prison or in the extreme cases, anything other than the death penalty. god forbid you appear to be soft on crime. how do you combat that? >> well, i think that we need to have a national conversation about our criminal justice system. america has to wake up to the fact that this is something that doesn't only affect a few people. 60 million americans, 20% of the population have some sort of criminal record, including misdemeanors. we all have to take a look. and we have to communicate that. the winds are changing, it's more progressive out there. people like senator cory booker who experienced the effects of criminal justice in newark when he was mayor, he's not running from criminal justice as many politicians do.
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he's running to it. and his signature issue is all about criminal justice reform. >> and there's some glimmers of hope, i guess, on both sides of the aisle, as well. francis greenberger, thank you so much. >> appreciate your insight, sir. up next, the invisible, the invisible u.s. the invisible us, rather, an in-depth look at food insecurity in the u.s. alex wagner went to some of the poorest areas of the country. she'll join me to talk about it after this. the wind-blown watery eyes. and of course, the snow angels with your little angels. that's why puffs is soft. puffs plus lotion is gentle on sensitive skin. they help soothe irritation by locking in moisture better. so you can always put your best face forward. a face in need deserves puffs indeed. try puffs softpack today. it's the flexible pack that fits anywhere.
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we are back with news of a possible pay bump in the second city. the chicago city council passed a plan that would increase the minimum wage from $8.50 to $13
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an hour. the problem persists in places like kentucky where minimum wage is just $7.25 an hour. my colleague alex wagner went there and other places to important for the visible u.s., the invisible us. >> reporter: not all of them are massive operations like the one in new york city. in eastern kentucky, county outreach keeps their food in the back of a thrift store. donated food is stored anywhere there's space. meals can be made out of just with anything the center receive. >> these are rems, the children love these. >> reporter: ready to eat meals, what they give in army. she started the county outreach as backpack food for children.
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>> our first priority is backpacks for children. >> a lot of them said when they leave school friday, they don't get fed again until monday when they get back to school. >> alex wagner, thanks for being with us. 49 folks in this country were what's called feud insecure last year. what does that mean? >> that means they have trouble making ends meet and putting food on the table. sometimes they have to sacrifice paying a utility bill or put food on the table. another equally distressing statistic is one in every two children in the united states is going to be on federal food assistance at some point in their life. the scope of hunger in the united states cannot be overstated. >> what struck you the most when you went to that food bank in kentucky? >> we went to the food bank in new york city. it's a massive, huge warehouse, which is a testament to the need here in the city we live in, but in eastern kentucky, the first or second or third poorest county in the country, depending on what year it is, one in every
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two residents needs help from the government to put food on the table. what's amazing is just these local efforts are really done with spare change. i mean, that's a picture right there. ready to eat meals, the ones they serve in afghanistan and iraq. that is food for little kids who don't have a meal from the time they leave school on friday until they go back on monday morning. >> i understand you're doing a crowd drive for that food bank? >> yes. we're fund-raising for them so they can provide money -- meals in their backpack program, which is critical. >> there's a tendency in this country, especially around thanks giving, to think about the homeless and food insecure and the other 364 days -- >> forget about it. >> yeah. >> the new york city food bank, how was that different from the one in kentucky? >> the scale of it -- it looks like a walmart warehouse. it's incredible efficiently run.
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on that level it's great to see there's all this resourcing. at the same time, it's a testament to the breathtaking need in a city awash in wealth in concern corners. new york city residents, i think it's 60% of the food banks in this town report running out of food because people are that desperate to get something on the table. increasingly, you know, the family table isn't-s in a soup. >> caller: not a home. >> these aren't folks living on the streets. >> these are people we think of -- these are working families. i mean, these are people from all outside, you know, assessments are seen as middle class. but it is a testament to the jobs that are being created and the extraordinary rise in food and cost of food that people rely on food pantries to rely on the stables. >> the series is called "the
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invisible us" at 4:00 right here on msnbc. let's update ronan's call to action on this giving tuesday. we wanted you to join us on msnbc to show how you are giving back. write it down on a piece of paper, take a selfie a and #givetuesday. miranda, teaching my 13-year-old about giving by donating toys. april tweeting this one, i don't have money. i don't have money to give, so i gave my time, babysitting. looks like she did a pretty good job there. keep them coming. at the end of the week, we'll show you how ronation gives back. that's what ronan calls the group. that's not me. that's going to wrap up this edition of "ronan farrow daily ". rand paul will be joining chris
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matthews, doing "hardball" tonight on msnbc 7 p.m. eastern. rand paul, chris matthews, should be interesting. right now it's time for "the reid report" with my colleague, joy reid standing by. what have you got coming up? >> appreciate it. coming up on "the reid report," we'll have a live report from staten island where officials and residents are bracing for a grand jury decision in the apparent choke hold death of eric garner. we'll talk about the potential legal fallout from that new civil lawsuit filed against comedian bill cosby. and after 31 years, we'll discuss what an fda decision to revise a ban on blood donations by gay men could mean for the lbgt community. that's coming up next on "the reid report." morning double bogie. hey, three putt. and starting each day with a delicious bowl of heart healthy kellogg's raisin bran. how's your cereal? sweet! tastes like winning. how would you know what winning tastes like? dave knows it's also a delicious source of fiber and one more step towards a healthy tomorrow.
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report." a grand jury in the eric garner chokehold result could come any moment. namely, should companies be required to make accommodations for workers who can't perform some of their duties because they're pregnant? plus, the first civil lawsuit in nearly ten years is filed against bill cosby amid multiple allegations of sexual assault. we're following developments in abu dhabi where the hunt is on for a killer after an american teacher is stabbed to death in a bathroom. the decision whether to diet the officer could come at any time. nearly five months after garner died while police attempted to arrest him on suspicion of illegally selling loose cigarettes outside a store in staten island. trymaine lee is outside the


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